Rabbit control assets - sell or keep?

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Otago Regional Council (ORC) wound up rabbit control services five years ago and our assets are no longer required. Some are in poor condition and require repair or repurposing as spare parts. We’d like your views on what we should do with our carrot cutters, oat cookers and depot in Galloway (near Alexandra) that houses the equipment.


Let us know your thoughts before 5pm Wednesday 3 June 2020 as this will help our councillors make a decision about what to do with these assets.


You can have you say by either:

  • Filling out the survey below or;
  • Calling us on 0800 474 082 to answer the questions over the phone


This questionnaire will take approximately two minutes to complete.

Under our Regional Pest Management Plan, rabbit control is the responsibility of the land owner/occupier and must be controlled at/below level 3 on the Modified McLean Scale (MMS 3). Find out more here


Post consultation update

Earlier this year we received responses from 160 people in our community, with 71% of you saying we should not sell our poison services assets or the Galloway site.

On 14 October we brought three options to our councillors at the Implementation Committee (you can find the full agenda here)

Option one: Sell the assets via tender

Option two: Upgrade the equipment and hire it to authorised operators/contractors

Option three: Upgrade the equipment and lease the assets in a long-term lease agreement with a preferred contractor.

Councillors voted to keep the assets and asked staff to develop a more detailed business case for upgrading the equipment and to identify options for an operating model based on options two and three. These options reflect the sentiment of the community with a lot of the feedback asking that we do not sell the equipment and make it available for use in Otago. This enables us to better support rabbit management in Otago by keeping the assets for use in the community.

This Biosecurity team will develop a business case, bringing this information back to Council at a later date.

Otago Regional Council (ORC) wound up rabbit control services five years ago and our assets are no longer required. Some are in poor condition and require repair or repurposing as spare parts. We’d like your views on what we should do with our carrot cutters, oat cookers and depot in Galloway (near Alexandra) that houses the equipment.


Let us know your thoughts before 5pm Wednesday 3 June 2020 as this will help our councillors make a decision about what to do with these assets.


You can have you say by either:

  • Filling out the survey below or;
  • Calling us on 0800 474 082 to answer the questions over the phone


This questionnaire will take approximately two minutes to complete.

Under our Regional Pest Management Plan, rabbit control is the responsibility of the land owner/occupier and must be controlled at/below level 3 on the Modified McLean Scale (MMS 3). Find out more here


Post consultation update

Earlier this year we received responses from 160 people in our community, with 71% of you saying we should not sell our poison services assets or the Galloway site.

On 14 October we brought three options to our councillors at the Implementation Committee (you can find the full agenda here)

Option one: Sell the assets via tender

Option two: Upgrade the equipment and hire it to authorised operators/contractors

Option three: Upgrade the equipment and lease the assets in a long-term lease agreement with a preferred contractor.

Councillors voted to keep the assets and asked staff to develop a more detailed business case for upgrading the equipment and to identify options for an operating model based on options two and three. These options reflect the sentiment of the community with a lot of the feedback asking that we do not sell the equipment and make it available for use in Otago. This enables us to better support rabbit management in Otago by keeping the assets for use in the community.

This Biosecurity team will develop a business case, bringing this information back to Council at a later date.